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The Holocaust

Book cover for The Historiography of the Holocaust


Palgrave are offering discounts and sample chapters for two books – Sources of the Holocaust and The Historiography of the Holocaust. Click on the title of each book to go to the Palgrave website. To get the discounts, order from the Palgrave website quoting the reference number EIHR04a. The offers are only available to residents of the UK. Offers expire 5 September 2004.

Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust: Moral Uses of Violence and Will
James M. Glass
ISBN: 1403939071 (September 2004)

It is an all too common belief that Jews did nothing to resist their own fate in the Holocaust. However, the parallel realities of disintegrating physical and psychological conditions in the ghetto, and the efforts of ghetto undergrounds to counter both collaborationist Judenrät policies and the despair of a beaten down population, could not but lead to a breakdown in spiritual life. James M. Glass examines spiritual resistance to the Holocaust and the place of this within political and violent resistance. He explores Jewish reactions to the murderous campaign against them and their creation of new spiritual and moral rules to live by. He argues that the Orthodox Jewish response to annihilation, often seen as unduly passive, was predicated in the insanity of the times and can be seen as spiritually noble.

Sources of the Holocaust
Steve Hochstadt
ISBN: 0333963458 (February 2004)
Discount for In Focus readers: 12.99, instead of 15.99
Sample chapter (pdf format, 126kb)

This new collection of original Holocaust documents and sources brings readers into direct contact with perpetrators and victims. The words of Nazi leaders and common soldiers, SS doctors and European collaborators show how and why they planned and participated in mass murder, while the victims speak of their persecution and resistance. Hochstadt's commentary on each source outlines the historical causes and step-by-step development of the Holocaust, as well as the continuing debates about its significance.

The Historiography of the Holocaust
Dan Stone
ISBN: 033399745X (January 2004)
Discount for In Focus readers: 40, instead of 80
Sample chapter (pdf format, 126kb)

This collection of essays by leading scholars in their fields provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of Holocaust historiography available. Covering both long-established historical disputes as well as research questions and methodologies that have developed in the last decade's massive growth in Holocaust Studies, this collection will be of enormous benefit to students and scholars alike.

Children Writing the Holocaust
Sue Vice
ISBN: 1403935114 (August 2004)

This book examines a wide range of works written by and about child survivors and victims of the Holocaust. The writers analysed range from Anne Frank and Saul Friedlander to Ida Fink and Louis Begley; topics covered include the Kindertransport experience, exile to Siberia, living in hiding, Jewish children masquerading as Christian, and ghetto diaries. Throughout, the argument is made that these texts use such similar techniques and structures that children's-eye views of the Holocaust constitute a discrete literary genre.

Longest Shadow: in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
Geoffrey Hartman
ISBN: 0312295685 (December 2002)

This is a collection of essays, originally published in hardcover by Indiana in 1996. The essays focus on representation, memory, and the struggle for meaning in the wake of the Holocaust. In this series of interlinked essays, Geoffrey Hartman explores life and culture, meaning and memory in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Taking up the anguished question of many survivors, 'has the world learned anything?', Hartman discusses issues of representation and ethics, the relations between first- and second-generation witnesses to the events, and how artists, scholars, and teachers have represented and transmitted these extreme experiences. How, he asks, do we convert our knowledge about the Holocaust into a thoughtful and potent understanding? Writing with his characteristic intelligence and grace, Hartman takes us from Bitburg to Schindler's List, from Vichy to battles over public memory. He also writes in detail about his experience in the Kindertransport (in which tens of thousands of European Jewish children were sent by their families to safety in England shortly before the outbreak of the war), and his wife's experience in Auschwitz.

Social Inheritance of the Holocaust: Gender, Culture and Memory
Anna Reading
ISBN: 0333761472 (November 2002)

This book challenges current thinking on memory by examining the complex ways in which the social inheritance of the Nazi Holocaust is gendered. It considers how the past is handed down in the US, Poland and Britain through historiography, autobiographies, documentary and feature films, memorial sites and museums. It explores the configuration of socially inherited memories about the Holocaust in young people of different cultural backgrounds. Scholarly and accessible, the book provides a groundbreaking approach to understanding the significance of gender in relation to cultural mediations of history.